Market insights and analysis

How dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment

1st Quarter | 2021

Market insights and analysis

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Updates on how dynamic, risk-managed investment solutions are performing in the current market environment.

Gold prices continued to fall last week, approaching a support level at $1,675.00 per ounce.

The major stock market indexes tumbled last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.8%, the S&P 500 Index declined 2.5%, the NASDAQ Composite fell 4.9%, and the Russell 2000 small-capitalization index dipped 2.9%. The 10-year Treasury bond yield rose 6 basis points to 1.405%, as its price weakened. Spot gold closed the week at $1,734.04, down $50.21 per ounce, or 2.8%.

Visualizing the benefits of risk management

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a financial adviser’s analogy between the strategy in a Kansas City Chiefs 2021 playoff game and investor behavior. In that example, the point was how financial advisers could help their clients with the concept of “behavioral adherence,” or sticking with a well-constructed and risk-managed investment plan even when times get tough.

Last week, the gold spot price was down 2.81% and the U.S. Dollar Index was up 0.57%.

U.S. equity markets posted losses in all three indexes last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.78%, the S&P 500 lost 2.45%, and the NASDAQ Composite lost 4.92%. Energy, up 4.33%, was the only one of the 11 sectors to post a gain for the week.